rpavich wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:44 pm
Gustavosamor wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:40 pm
Yes, it will be a really rare case if you guitar cracks with a high humidity, whereas the opposite is more likely to happen if you let it dries out.
Thanks, this is good to know. I'm going to look for a room humidifier also just to see if I can raise the humidity so that it's higher when the guitar is out of it's case.
I think you are overthinking this humidity stuff. If your room is between 37% and just over 40%, you have fairly ideal conditions there. I don't think you have too much to worry about. When you aren't playing, put the guitar in a case and keep it around 45% or so. With humidity above 35%, you won't have to worry about taking the guitar out and playing it for a few hours, or even longer. Guitars aren't that delicate. I prefer how my guitars sound when they are around 40% humidity. If you go much over that, I think guitars start to sound muddy.
You have had some pretty intense answers to some of your questions. Coming from Canada, where in the winter time our RH drops quite low, I don't worry too much. If guitars were that delicate we would never be able to bring them out of their temperature/humidity controlled environment to play concerts or experience playing in the outdoors.
Anything above 35% RH - not too much to worry about... At that humidity level, it would take quite a long time for the guitar to dry out and risk cracking. If your house was 10%, I might be more worried. But, anything above 35% is still in a very common range. Also, these mild fluctuations you talked about in your room are perfectly normal and shouldn't really do any damage either. You will learn what RH your guitar sounds best in and try to keep it around those values inside the case. Other than that, take it out as much as possible and enjoy it! You didn't buy the guitar to baby it and always worry about playing it!
Every once in a while I look over at my hygrometer and look where it's at and see if the house needs adjusting. Other than that, I don't worry too much. Back in my old house, the RH used to be in the 25% range sometimes and I still didn't have any issues. I just left the guitars in the case with a humidifier and brought them out and played them for a couple hours - no damage ever. I don't even use a great humidifier! Most of my cases have pill bottles with holes drilled in them with a damp sponge. Works good enough to satisfy me.
Just relax some and enjoy the new guitar!
PS. some of the answers that suggested keeping the guitar at 60 or 70%! Wow! I would start to worry about mould growing in the case at those levels.